Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
NOPPE, M.A.. Communicating confidence in Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2014, vol.114, n.3, pp. 213-213. ISSN 2411-9717.
SYNOPSIS Mining is an inherently risky business; from the technical, environmental, social, and economic uncertainties associated with advancing an exploration prospect to a viable project to the operating, market, and safety risks and uncertainties attached to a developed mine. Since we cannot totally escape the risk and uncertainty related to resource projects, as an industry we should improve our presentation of the upside and downside risks in the context of the project's development path and maturity. More transparent, consistent, and balanced views of technical confidence will better inform both internal and external stakeholders about the expected risk in the project. International reporting codes set out the minimum standards, recommendations, and guidelines for public reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources, and Mineral Reserves. However, the reporting code principles of transparency and materiality are largely subject to the interpretation of the competent person(s), which may introduce a degree of subjectivity in reporting, particularly the level of disclosure regarding supporting information. It is fundamental that Mineral Resources, Mineral Reserves, and study outcomes are reported so as to unambiguously present the level of inherent technical uncertainty (or confidence) in a project, while conveying a balanced view of the opportunities a project presents. Reporting needs to consider various stakeholders who may rely on this information, and present the data in the context of the changing risk profile associated with project development paths and project maturity. This paper discusses the interdependence of resource-to-reserve conversion, the consideration of various technical-economic study types, and the level of confidence conveyed to stakeholders relying on these technical reports and other company public announcements.
Keywords : mineral resources; mineral reserves; ore reserves confidence; accuracy; reporting; classification; JORC Code; SAMREC Code; risk; uncertainty; reporting codes; scoping study; pre-feasibility; feasibility study.